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Project of the Day: 'But Not for Me,' A Hip Hop Musical Love Story

By Indiewire | Indiewire October 10, 2013 at 10:20AM

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. "But Not for Me" Tweetable Logline:
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But Not for Me

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

"But Not for Me"

Tweetable Logline:

A hip hop musical love story


Elevator Pitch:

"But Not For Me" is a philosophical hip hop musical love story that tells the story of two Millenials, disillusioned with the state of society and their leveraged role in it, who come together to make music in an effort to give meaning to their existences. It tackles the disaffection that young people face at a time when they are being increasingly alienated from the American dream, as well as the psychological toll that this takes on their optimism regarding their personal and professional prospects.

Production Team:

Ryan Carmichael (writer/director) - NYU Grad Film Thesis student; Director's Guild of America award-winner for short film "Everything's New in Lost Time." www.RyanJCarmichael.com

Jason Stefaniak (producer) - NYU Grad Film Thesis student; Emmy award-winner for short documentary "Velocipede"; Short film "This Is My Body" has been viewed over 630,000 times in 133 countries and was featured on MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry. www.JasonStefaniak.com

Lanre Olabisis (executive producer) - writer/director/producer of "August the First," which screened at the South by Southwest Film Festival and was nominated for a Gotham Award; Writer/director of the upcoming "Somewhere in the Middle," which raised over $100,000 on Kickstarter. www.nyifc.com

Elena Urioste ("Hope") - The Julliard School, graduate program alumna; world-renowned violinist who has played with the New York Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic orchestra, and was named a BBC New Generation Artist; she will be performing music for the film and making her acting debut in the lead role of Hope. www.elenaurioste.com

About the Production:

"The aim of this film is to fuse different artistic and intellectual elements to create a unique and dynamic dramatic experience. Starting with hip hop, I wanted to tap into the "conscious" and improvisatory elements of the music in order to shine a light on some of the socioeconomic issues in America today. Existentialist philosophy comes into play as a mechanism to underscore the experience of Millenials who feel lost in a world where nothing is as they planned it. A "Postmodernist" narrative structure is employed to frame the revolutionary spirit of the characters hoping to shape the world." -- Ryan Carmichael

Current Status:

Pre-production.

For more information and to support this project:

Kickstarter Campaign



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